Tuesday, August 25, 2009

[Sunlight] A shadow in love with the sun



The lover hotly pursues the beloved:
when the beloved comes, the lover is gone.
You are a lover of God, and God is such
that when He comes not a single hair of yours remains.
At that look of His a hundred like you vanish away.
I think you are in love with nothingness.
You are a shadow and in love with the sun.
When the sun comes, the shadow quickly disappears.


Goft `âsheq dust mi juyad be-taft
chonke ma`shuq âmad ân `âsheq be-raft
`Âsheq-e Haqqi va Haqq ânast ku
chon biyâyad na-bovad az to tâ-ye mu
Sad cho to fânist pish-e ân nazar
`âsheqi bar nafi khvod khvâjeh magar
Sâyeh va `âsheqi bar âftâb
shams âyad sâyeh lâ gardad shetâb

-- Mathnawi III: 4620-4623
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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